Better information, better decisions – Advances and challenges in pan-European health information systems during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of exchanging population health and health policy information across countries at a fast pace. Improving how these data are shared across countries benefits researchers, national decision-makers and citizens.  

With the introduction of the European Health Information Portal by PHIRI, the ECDC and JRC joint Rapid Response Measures Database, and the Re-open EU platform, great leaps have been taken towards strengthening existing data and knowledge transfer platforms. Nonetheless, significant challenges still need to be addressed to ensure rapid and effective cross-country exchange of health information.  

The Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG) and the PHIRI (Population Health Information Research Infrastructure) project have invited pivotal stakeholders to present their research, platforms, and approaches during this session to answer the question: what will pan-European health information infrastructure look like as the pandemic evolves, and can we transfer the lessons learned into sustainable strategies to be better prepared for the next pandemic? 

Join the session on Wednesday, 15 June, from 14:30 to 15:45 with esteemed speakers Dr Hanna Tolonen, Research Manager at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Favelle Lamb, Expert in Emergency Preparedness and Response, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Manuel Palazuelos Martinez, Re-Open EU Coordinator, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, Dr Marilia Paulo, Senior Researcher, Comprehensive Health Research Center, Nova Medical School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). Dr Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, will facilitate the session.  

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